Things We Love

African Art
These elegant ebony “vessels” are handcrafted by artisans in Mozambique in a variety of shapes and sizes; they’re beautiful alone or in groups. The tops come off so you can store small objects in them, but we just like the way they look.
Ebony Wood Spindle Containers $36-$78
Lot 84
84 Lexington Ave, Mount Kisco
(914) 244-8535
Delicate Drops
Though Leslie Latto works as a legal secretary for a Manhattan law firm, five years ago she decided to pursue jewelry design on the side. Good move. We love these plump faceted whiskey quartz (30 carats total) drop earrings surrounded by blue zircon, pink topaz, pink amethyst, and handcrafted curls of sterling silver with bronze, pink, and white keshi pearl blossoms. Finished with sterling-silver ear wires.
Earrings $110
LML D’ZYNZ By Leslie Latto
(914) 815-0846
Beehive Co-Op
337 Main St, Mount Kisco
(914) 218-8700


A Bright Idea
Night monsters will steer clear of your wee one’s bed when these sweet nightlights are on duty. Choose from a dozen fanciful patterns.
Bloomin’ Lumen Nightlights $28
Beehive Co-op
337 Main St, Mount Kisco
(914) 218-8700

Keepsake Box
Parisians Ria and Yiouri Augousti have expanded from exotic handbags and clutches into home accessories. This elegant box is completely covered in carnelian, a semi-precious stone; the interior is wood.
R&Y Augousti Stone Box $460
Mariani Gardens
45 Bedford Rd, Armonk
(914) 273-3083

Plum Perfect
Messenger bags are all the rage, and purple is (still) hot for 2009, making this bag rate a best in show. Lots of zippers and indispensable pockets for safely stowing all of life’s necessities.
Purple Messenger Bag $185
1250 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor
(914) 923-2100

A Tisket, a Tasket
Kari Lonning of Ridgefield, Connecticut ( designs and weaves baskets and works extensively with graphic patterns, using both bold and subtle color schemes. In 2007 and 2008, she won awards for her work from the Smithsonian and Craft Boston craft shows. This basket uses a square doughnut formation, a popular construction technique.
Kari Lonning Basket $3,200
Ironwood Gallery
103 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, CT
(203) 431-3388

At Your Service
It’s easy to love these hand-painted Portuguese ceramics, a mainstay at Melita’s. Choosing which ones we love most is the hard part.
Serving Platter $184.95,
Pitcher $59.95
Melita’s Home Furnishings
125 Main St, Ossining
(914) 923-0351



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